Minnesota Public Radio features by Steven John http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=87 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:39:12 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Steven John http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Appetites: Eating at the fair for fun -- and science The Great Minnesota Get-Together kicks off tomorrow, and as anyone who's ever sampled the bacon, or candy bars, or alligator, on-a-stick knows, food is an integral part of the experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/20/appetites-state-fair?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:05:18 -0500 Ask Dr. Hallberg: Just the right amount of salt Our regular medical analyst Jon Hallberg joined MPR News' Steven John to talk about salt, and how to know if you're getting the right amount in your diet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/19/hallberg-salt?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:08:14 -0500 Minn. police have received thousands of pieces of surplus military equipment Rifles and armored vehicles used by police Ferguson, Missouri in recent days have drawn attention to a Defense Department program that distributes military surplus equipment to local law enforcement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/19/police-equipment?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Dr. Hallberg's top 6 health stories of the year Dr. Jon Hallberg counts down his top most important and intriguing health stories of the past year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/31/health/hallberg-top-health-stories?refid=0 Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:29:56 -0600 More snowy owls visiting Minn. this winter Minnesota is getting a few extra visitors from Canada this year: We're in the middle of an irruption of snowy owls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/30/environment/snowy-owls?refid=0 Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:27:15 -0600 Outgoing Moorhead mayor reflects on floods, oil patch impact After 12 years, Mayor Mark Voxland said his major accomplishment remains the city's response to severe floods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/27/voxland-leaves?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 19:48:44 -0600 Ask Dr. Hallberg: New blood pressure guidelines Last week, a panel at the National Institutes of Health published guidelines essentially raising the threshold for doctors to prescribe blood pressure medications for people over 60. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/24/health/hallberg-blood-pressure?refid=0 Tue, 24 Dec 2013 15:11:15 -0600 Appetites: Take time to find the B-side dining experience Restaurants can be like music albums: it often takes a bit of familiarity to go beyond the title track and into the deeper cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/06/appetites/b-side-experience?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 15:26:30 -0600 Amid calls for change, Nienstedt takes responsibility for church's response to abuse Two priests in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have suggested a change in leadership at the local church is necessary in light of recent revelations of clergy misconduct. Today, Archbishop John Nienstedt said he accepts responsibility for the church's handling of the situation and said he regrets that a growing number of parishioners and priests have "lost confidence" in him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/23/amid-calls-for-change-nienstedt-takes-responsibility-for-churchs-response-to-abuse?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 16:37:24 -0500 Appetites: Minneapolis' Seward neighborhood becomes a culinary destination The Seward neighborhood in Minneapolis has long been known for its diversity, its progressive politics, and the co-op and cafe that bear its name. But it's increasingly becoming known for a place to get a great bite to eat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/23/appetites-seward-minneapolis?refid=0 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:44:51 -0500 Weekend festivals: 'Days of Yesteryear,' 'Twine Ball Day,' 'Hoghead Festival, 'India Fest' This weekend, the 39th 'Days of Yesteryear' festival celebrates Rochester's agrarian and farming origins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/arts/weekend-festival?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 14:51:42 -0500 Appetites: Tips on tipping The costs of eating out go beyond the price of your meal. It's time to take a look at the increasing cost of tipping. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/07/appetites/rachel-hutton-tipping?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Vikings' Cris Carter: From housing projects to NFL Hall of Fame Cris Carter partly attributed his success to a strong family, including his mother, who he said raised him and his six brothers and sisters on her own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/07/news/cris-carter-vikings-wide-receiver-q-and-a?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:39:55 -0500 Ask Dr. Jon Hallberg: How effective are general health checks? General health checks are included in the Affordable Care Act and they are now covered in a variety of health care plans. But how effective are they? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/25/health/hallberg-wellness?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:19:28 -0500 Q&A: Why was tree damage so extensive? One of the more visible casualties of the severe winds and torrential rains was the metro area's urban forest. Thousands of trees of all shapes and sizes fell onto houses, streets and boulevards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/24/environment/storm-urban-trees-qa?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 15:53:17 -0500 Weekend festivals: Secret City, Grandma's Marathon, Good Neighbor Days, Summit Avenue Garden There's no shortage of events in Minnesota. Every weekend there's something going on. Here's what's going on this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/21/arts/weekend-festival?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:17:24 -0500 Q&A: Rep. Collin Peterson on defeat of farm bill Members of Congress are heading home today after yesterday's shocking defeat of the farm bill. The bill would have cut the food stamps program and transformed subsidies for farmers from direct payments to crop insurance premium support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/21/news/farmbill-qa-collin-peterson?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 20:52:10 -0500 Ask Dr. Jon Hallberg: Study says medical interns spending less time with patients Doctors in training are devoting fewer minutes to doctoring. The medical community has been talking about a study out of Johns Hopkins University that found medical interns are spending 12 percent of their time with patients. What were they spending their time on? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/11/health/hallberg-medical-interns?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:00:00 -0500 'Fabulous Ice Age' celebrates history of ice shows "The Fabulous Ice Age," a documentary that chronicles the heyday of touring ice skating shows like the Ice Follies and Ice Capades, is premiering this weekend at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/arts/fabulous-ice-age-celebrates-history-of-ice-shows?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:29:04 -0500 Checking in with 30 Days of Biking -- almost halfway there It's almost half-way through April, and checking with MPR News is Patrick Stephenson, one of the founders of 30DaysofBiking.com. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/lifestyle/30-days-of-biking-almost-halfway?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:51:53 -0500 Adelie penguins benefitting from climate change, U of M research says As in most things, even in climate change, there are winners and losers. Emperor penguins in Antarctica are feeling the negative affects of warmer climates, according to research, there some evidence from the University of Minnesota that another penguin species is actually doing better. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/environment/adelie-penguins-benefitting-from-climate-change-u-of-m-research-says?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 16:41:43 -0500 Appetites: Seasoning with maple syrup It's sugar time in Minnesota, with maple sap flowing and being cooked down to delicious syrup around the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/appetites-maple-syrup?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:44:55 -0500 Recipes: 'Modern Maple,' by Teresa Marrone Recipes from from "Modern Maple" by Teresa Marrone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/appetites/maple-syrup-recipes?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:38:43 -0500 Duluth HS Daredevils Robotics Team advances to world championship Duluth East High School seems to be developing an international reputation for building really good robots. The school's Daredevils Robotics Team just won the US FIRST Robotics Midwest Regional competition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/08/education/duluth-daredevils-robotics-team?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 19:46:28 -0500 Fridley teacher honored for education effort on Holocaust Anneke Branderhorst, who teaches a course about the holocaust at Calvin Christian High School in Fridley, will receive the Jewish Community Relations Council's Courage to Teach Award for her effort. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/08/news/fridley-teacher-holocaust?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 19:28:46 -0500 Nursing homes, long-term care facilities more vulnerable to flu Another place where influenza can have a huge effect is in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/11/health/flu-qa?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:51:13 -0600 Science stunts with physics ringmaster Dan Dahlberg University of Minnesota physics professor Dan Dahlberg is a also the ringmaster for the Physics Circus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/10/science/physics-circus?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:25:06 -0600 ProPublica on Minnesota's 'Grandma Brigade' The "Grandma Brigade" is a grassroots politicking effort going on in Minnesota that is feeding up to the national Democratic Party. PRoPublica reporter Lois Beckett speaks with MPR News about the group. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/09/politics/pro-publica-grandma-brigade?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jan 2013 16:45:53 -0600 Permanent storage of nuclear waste still in limbo Thirty years ago this week the Nuclear Waste Policy Act became law, committing the federal government to finding a permanent storage facility for the nation's nuclear waste. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/environment/prairie-island-nuclear-waste?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:20:30 -0600 DNR to inspect wolf carcasses Minnesota's first managed wolf hunting season is under way, and at last check, 69 wolves have been killed since Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/environment/dnr-to-inspect-wolf-carcasses?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 07:55:08 -0600 Horner's 'NextMinnesota' to promote centrist candidates in Minn. Former Independence Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Horner spoke with MPR's Steven John about NextMinnesota, his new organization that promotes centrist candidates in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/politics/horners-nextminnesota-to-promote-centrist-candidates-in-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 U of M chemist Christy Haynes named to 'Brilliant 10' "Popular Science" magazine has named University of Minnesota chemist Christy Haynes to its "Brilliant 10" list. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/11/science/qa-christy-haynes?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:44:22 -0500 Court rules in favor of U of M's academic freedom claim The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that a University of Minnesota academic department had the right to list the Turkish Council of America's website as a source of unreliable information on the Armenian Genocide of the early 20th Century. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/qa-rotenberg?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 18:25:01 -0500 Macalester scientist discusses discovery of feathered dinosaur The fossil remains of a feathered dinosaur as big as a school bus were recently discovered in China, according to an account in the journal <i>Nature</i>. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/feathered-dinosaur?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 19:34:55 -0500 Chapin: Voter ID amendment has 'hidden costs' Members of the state House of Representatives are debating on a proposal to amend the constitution to require voters to show photo identification at polls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/voter-id-doug-chapin?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 06:20:00 -0500 Ask Dr. Hallberg: Healthy living and memory retention As millions of baby boomers approach retirement age, medical researchers are exploring how the brain ages and the links between healthy living and memory retention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/25/hallberg-memory-retention?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:14:10 -0600 Treatment clinic provides mobile app to help stay sober There are more than 20 million Americans trying to overcome addiction or stay sober. Now there's a sobriety application to help them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/24/sobriety-addition-app?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 15:34:13 -0600 Q&A: Paul Fleissner of Olmsted County on state mandates As this year's state legislative session convenes, there likely will be many constituents who ask lawmakers for more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/24/qa-state-mandates?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 14:03:36 -0600 Suicide prevention hotline now available via text message The state's suicide prevention hotline is meeting teens where they text. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/text-crisis-connection?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:25:09 -0600 Best Buy drops $10 screen recycling fee Best Buy says it is taking steps to expand its in-store recycling program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/10/best-buy-recycling-fee?refid=0 Thu, 10 Nov 2011 15:57:16 -0600 Motorists are cautioned to avoid marathon route Sunday Motorists in Minneapolis and St. Paul are reminded to prepare for detours Sunday due to the annual Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/30/motorists-are-cautioned-to-avoid-marathon-route-sunday?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 20:18:24 -0500 Kline knocks Obama over 'No Child' waiver plan Minnesota's 2nd District Rep. John Kline says the Obama administration is setting a terrible precedent by granting conditional waivers from a controversial education law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/29/kline-nclb-waivers?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 14:41:03 -0500 Mark Peterson departs as head Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota The head of the region's largest human service provider is stepping down after 24 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/31/qa-mark-peterson-lutheran-social-service-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:24:40 -0500 New acting director of ATF B. Todd Jones will tackle "lack of stability" Minnesota's U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones will take over as acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/30/b-todd-jones-interview?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 16:21:37 -0500 Heat triggers buckled pavement in Twin Cities A tropical air mass brought record heat, air pollution concerns and more buckled pavement to the Twin Cities Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/heat-triggers-buckled-pavement-in-twin-cities?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 09:40:57 -0500 Lipitor remains king of the prescription drugs The cholesterol-lowering medication is also the most sold drug, according to a survey by IMS Health that offered a snapshot of the nation's top prescribed drugs and the best-selling drugs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/26/lipitor-prescription-drugs?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 19:35:51 -0500 Bachmann joins elite crowd on Time's 100 She's joins the president, first lady, Oprah and founder of Facebook on the magazine's list of the world's most influential people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/21/time-bachmann-top-100?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 19:29:04 -0500 The week in politics with political editor Mike Mulcahy MPR News political editor joins All Things Considered host Steven John to discuss the week in politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/week-in-politics?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 19:25:42 -0600 Chris Osgood on First Avenue's 40th anniversary The Twin Cities landmark music venue First Avenue is 40 years old. Since opening its doors in December 1970, the former downtown Minneapolis bus depot has hosted some of the biggest names in rock and roll. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/15/chris-osgood-first-avenue-at-40?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 18:07:56 -0600 Ask Dr. Hallberg: Electronic medical records It's been almost two years since President Obama targeted $19 billion in stimulus money to help medical facilities convert to electronic record-keeping. The technology is intended to improve the quality of care and reduce costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/ask-dr-hallberg-electronic-medical-records?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 22:21:48 -0600 Several factors increase risk of fire in winter Winter is a particularly dangerous season for fires, and this year is no exception. Four people died in three separate fires in the Twin Cities since Saturday, and dozens of less serious building and car fires have left emergency crews scrambling in the snow and cold. MPR's Steven John talks with a St. Paul fire official about the higher risk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/winter-fire-danger?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:12:35 -0600 Ask Dr. Hallberg: Despite year of cholera, obesity, there's plenty to be hopeful about In spite of challenges and uncertainties, MPR's regular medical analyst Jon Hallberg said there is still reason to be hopeful when it comes to health and wellness this Thanksgiving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/ask-dr-hallberg-thanksgiving?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 15:36:54 -0600 Raising awareness about food assistance To raise awareness about the issue of food insecurity, this week a Minneapolis man is living on the amount of money an individual receives in what used to be known as food stamps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/eating-on-food-stamps-budget?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 15:50:21 -0600 The week in politics with political editor Mike Mulcahy MPR News' political editor Mike Mulcahy takes a look back on the week's political stories, including visits by Vice President Joe Biden and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, updates on the 2010 Minnesota race for governor, and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/08/week-in-politics?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2010 18:09:58 -0500 One of MN's oldest black churches remembers its founding One of the oldest black congregations in Minnesota will hold a re-dedication ceremony this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/08/pilgrim-baptist?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2010 18:07:04 -0500 Singer Ruth Moody goes solo on new album Singer Ruth Moody, the founding member of A Prairie Home Companion favorite The Wailin' Jennys, is out with her first full-length solo album, "The Garden." She spoke with MPR's Steven John. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/ruth-moody?refid=0 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 21:59:02 -0500 Financial reform could reshape banking in low-income areas In addition to giant Wall Street firms, the new federal financial reform law will also regulate financial institutions in low-income communities. Payday lenders and predatory mortgage lenders will fall under the oversight of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/19/consumeradvocate?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jul 2010 12:27:10 -0500 Significant weekend road closures planned for the metro area Significant road closures are planned for this weekend in and around Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/09/traffic-news?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 11:35:47 -0500 Rybak confident Mpls. has a chance at DNC convention Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak remains confident about his city's chances of landing the next Democratic National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/09/rybak-democratic-convention?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 07:10:29 -0500 Portion of 35W to be closed for weekend construction State transportation officials are reminding motorists that a busy stretch of freeway will close this weekend in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/25/35w-close?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jun 2010 12:17:02 -0500 Detour on I-35W at Hwy. 62 this weekend Motorists traveling Interstate 35W into Minneapolis from the south metro will run into a detour this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/detour-35w?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 06:29:45 -0500 How investigators figure out the cause of a fire To find out how investigators go about pinpointing the cause of a fire, we contacted Denise DeMars with the State Fire Marshal's office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/05/fire_investigationqa?refid=0 Mon, 05 Apr 2010 16:49:19 -0500 Elko New Market man gets 18 months for $300,000 theft An Elko New Market man was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in St. Paul for diverting more than $300,000 from his employer for his personal use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/03/elko-new-market-fraud?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 17:28:35 -0600 Cloquet Mayor reacts to Pawlenty's LGA cuts Among his other cuts, Gov. Pawlenty is proposing a $250 million reduction in Local Government Aid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/15/lga-cuts-cloquet-mayor?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 17:59:27 -0600 Duluth tries to land high-speed internet via Google The mayor of Duluth is ready to throw his city's hat in the ring for a new Google experiment to test ultra-high speed Internet access. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/15/duluth-google?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 17:46:35 -0600 Ultramarathon tests endurance limits More than 100 athletes are testing their endurance this week in a unique sporting event in far northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/02/ultramarathon-northern-mn?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2010 06:16:16 -0600 In nationwide operation, ICE arrests 26 in Twin Cities Federal immigration officials say a nationwide crackdown on gangs has led to 26 arrests in Minneapolis and surrounding communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/28/ice?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 07:08:19 -0600 Franken: health care bill will pass "one way or the other" U.S. Senator Al Franken says a health care reform bill will pass regardless the outcome of Tuesday's special election in Massachusettes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/franken-confident-about-health-care-bill?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 06:23:59 -0600 Health department aims to get more vaccinated for H1N1 Epidemiologist Kris Ehresmann of the Minnesota Department of Health talks about "Ban the Bug," a campaign created in order to get people vaccinated for the H1N1 flu. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/11/ban-the-bug-qa?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 17:39:01 -0600 Burnsville mayor sworn in today as head of U.S. Conference of Mayors Burnsville mayor Elizabeth Kautz will be sworn in as the head of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/05/burnsville-leader?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2010 06:08:06 -0600 Preparing for the season's first snow emergency Temeratures will be dangerously low tonight, with sub-zero highs across the state overnight, and the falling temps coupled with the snow cover from this week's storm could make for a knuckle-whitening commute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/snow-emergencies?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 18:07:48 -0600 Funeral set for Minn. soldier killed at Fort Hood Funeral arrangements are being planned for a Minnesota soldier who was killed at Fort Hood last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/10/funeral-minn-soldier?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 14:14:26 -0600 Doctor says TVs at sex offender facility are not the problem State lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are decrying the purchase of about 25 plasma televisions for a sex offender treatment facility in Moose Lake. Dr. Michael Farnsworth, who had initially helped design the treatment program, says the uproar over the TVs obscures larger issues with the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/21/sex-offender-tv-qa?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 18:11:53 -0500 Rep. Paulsen says medical device tax a 'wrongheaded approach' Third District Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen held a hearing Monday to underscore bipartisan Minnesota opposition to a proposed tax on medical device manufacturers as part of federal health care reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/paulsen-medical-tax?refid=0 Mon, 19 Oct 2009 15:55:48 -0500 NIH director talks about the organization and cystic fibrosis conference A pioneer in Cystic Fibrosis research, Dr. Francis Collins, opened the 23rd annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference Thursday night. Collins talked with All Things Considered about cystic fibrosis and some of his other priorities in his new post at NIH. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/16/nih-collins?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 16:06:10 -0500 Rep. Walz encourages public discourse on Afghanistan First District DFL Congressman Tim Walz said Americans should be as engaged in the discussion about the war in Afghanistan as they are in health care reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/29/walz-afghanistan?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 15:04:34 -0500 T. Mychael Rambo picked to sing national anthem at Obama event President Obama is coming to Minneapolis on Saturday and All Things Considered spoke with the man picked to sing the national anthem at the event, Minnesota actor and vocalist T. Mychael Rambo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/11/t-mychael-rambo?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 19:56:26 -0500 A tour of the historic James J. Hill house Some of the state's most historic homes will open their doors this weekend for the Ramsey Hill House Tour, including the James J. Hill house on Summit Avenue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/11/james-hill-house?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 14:41:13 -0500 What will Orlando Cabrera bring to the Twins? The Minnesota Twins have made a deadline trade with the Oakland Athletics for a new shortstop. Orlando Cabrera is expected to be in the Twins line-up by tomorrow's evening game against the LA Angels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/orlando-cabrera?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 18:33:01 -0500 U of M surgeon defends work with Medtronic A University of Minnesota doctor who's now part of a look into conflicts of interest, says information about payments to him doesn't tell the whole story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/polly-responds?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 16:42:01 -0500 Two years later, a 35W bridge survivor reflects on the tragedy Lindsay Petterson was one of the people who was on the bridge when it collapsed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/lindey-petterson?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 16:02:21 -0500 My first recession: Jason Howard This week, we've been highlighting the stories of teenagers experiencing their first recession. One of the people we heard from is Jason Howard. He's a sales rep who lives in Minneapolis and he has some vivid memories of the early 1980s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/first-recession-qa?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 17:25:44 -0500 Report: more men unemployed than women A new report confirms that male workers in Minnesota are being hit harder by the current recession than women. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/28/report-more-men-unemployed-than-women?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2009 07:41:07 -0500 Despite hundreds of traps, ash borers still elusive It's been more than two months since an emerald ash borer infestation was first discovered in Minnesota, and so far, there has been little physical evidence indicating the beetles have spread. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/24/ash-borer-update?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 15:22:10 -0500 Ritchie watching IRV in Minneapolis, other states Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says the rollout of Instant Runoff Voting in Minneapolis doesn't mean the system will ever be used on statewide races. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/22/ritchie-irv?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 14:02:24 -0500 Expect delays on Hwy 97 in north metro Two separate road projects will cause delays for motorists in the north metro area starting today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/07/road_construction?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 07:27:08 -0500 New booster seat law takes effect today Another new car safety law takes effect in Minnesota today. Children under 8 years old or under 4 feet 9 inches tall must now travel in car seats or booster seats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/booster_seat_law?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 07:29:42 -0500 Spring is here, and so are the mosquitoes As we enjoy our Memorial Day weekend, we're reminded to stock up on sunscreen and insect repellant to avoid the hazards of summer. To find out how the war against the Twin Cities mosquito population is going, we've talked to Jim Stark, the executive director of the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/22/mosquito_spraying?refid=0 Mon, 25 May 2009 10:00:00 -0500 HCMC announces layoffs Hennepin County Medical Center said today it is eliminating up to 100 full-time equivalent positions, and putting off a major capital improvement projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/13/hcmclayoffs?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2009 13:08:18 -0500 Wolf specialist talks about the state of gray wolves in Minn. Minnesota's Gray Wolves are being taken off the endangered species list, again. To talk more about the gray wolf population in and around Minnesota, All Things Considered called Dan Stark, a wolf management specialist with Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/06/wolf_specialist_talks_about_the_state_of_gray_wolves_in_minn?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2009 17:10:19 -0600 The science behind 'Watchmen' Superman is faster than a speeding bullet. Spiderman can do whatever a spider can. But, how do comic book heros and their extraordinary abilities relate to the laws of physics when Hollywood gets a hold of them? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/06/the_science_of_the_watchmen?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2009 16:41:20 -0600 Shot deputy making amazing recovery, says wife It was two weeks ago that Mahnomen County Deputy Chris Dewey was shot in the line of duty. Throughout the ordeal, Dewey's wife Emily has kept a low profile, but she agreed to talk with All Things Considered about Chris's recovery so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/04/shot_deputy_making_amazing_recovery_says_wife?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2009 16:15:19 -0600 High school student heads to inauguration People around the country are scrambling and scrounging to get tickets for Tuesday's presidential inaugural ceremonies. Not Erik Vergiels. The Fergus Falls high schooler has had his ticket for months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/16/student_iinauguration?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2009 16:34:46 -0600 Obama administration wants to hear from you, via the Internet Barack Obama becomes the United States' 44th Commander in Chief in just six days. And the Obama transition team wants to get your ideas for the next Administration, via the Internet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/14/obama_administration_wants_to_hear_from_you_via_the_internet?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 18:14:33 -0600 Bailout law helps bike commuters A new federal law is now rewarding companies for promoting bike riding by their workers. The Bicycle Commuter Act was part of the fine print included in the Wall Street bailout that Congress passed last fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/12/bike_commuters?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jan 2009 16:36:36 -0600 Stretch of I-494 closed this weekend Traffic could be slowed down this weekend in the south metro as a stretch of I-494 will be closed for a construction project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/01/494closure?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Melamine in imported cookies could cause health problems The Minnesota Department of Agriculture said it's found melamine in cookies sold in at least one Asian grocery in Minnesota. Heidi Kassenborg, of the state agriculture department, joined All Things Considered to talk more about the first advisory issued in Minnesota for melamine contamination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/10/melamine_contamination_rochester_biscuits?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2008 16:28:40 -0600 Dale and Jim Ed talk about the end of MPR's Morning Show The hosts of MPR's popular Morning Show announced today their program will end in December. Dale Connelly and Jim Ed Poole talk about their long collaboration, and the decision to bring it to an end. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/15/atc_morningshow?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2008 16:40:29 -0500 Highway still closed after Houston County train derailment Nearly 30 cars from an Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroad train left the tracks near Reno, Minn. causing some ethanol tanker cars to spill their cargo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/30/train_derailment?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 14:49:30 -0500 Minn. House and Senate will question Delta exec Delta Airlines' President and CFO Ed Bastian is scheduled to appear at the State Capitol this morning to field questions about his company's planned acquisition of Northwest. Minnesota lawmakers complained that Delta was ignoring requests to send an executive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/05/ed_bastian?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2008 06:25:08 -0500 35W in Richfield closed this weekend For the second weekend in a row, motorists in the south metro will face a major construction-related detour. 35W in Richfield will be closed in both directions between I494 and Crosstown Hwy 62 as crews demolish the 76th Street bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/02/closed_35w?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 07:49:28 -0500 Remembering 50 years at the St. Paul stockyards The South St. Paul stockyards provided a living to generations of Minnesotans since the train loads of cattle began arriving in the late 1800s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/11/stockyardqa?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2008 18:00:27 -0500 Plymouth police shoot bank robber after high-speed chase Plymouth police officers shot a bank robbery suspect after he led them on a high-speed chase through the Twin Cities suburbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/28/plymouth?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Fargo police: Man may have had gun at Bush rally in 2005 Police said Daniel Cvijanovich was at the rally at North Dakota State University, but did not act on his plans to harm the president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/20/bush_threats?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2008 10:41:04 -0500 Taking steps to stop preventable medical errors Officials at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minn., said a surgical team made a mistake when they removed the wrong kidney from a cancer patient last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/18/kidney?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2008 16:31:56 -0500 Delta pilots say they can not reach agreement on seniority Delta Air Lines' pilots union said it has been unable to reach agreement on seniority issues with the pilots union at Eagan-based Northwest Airlines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/17/impass?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2008 18:22:38 -0500 What should individual investors do? Many people are nervous about the stock market, and they are reacting by pulling their money out of the stock market. But is that behavior rational? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/17/investors?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2008 17:39:44 -0500 A taste of 'Blues in the Night' Several well-known Twin Cities performers take center stage for a new production of the Tony-nominated show "Blues in the Night," which opened this week at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/14/bluesinthenight?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 13:34:23 -0500 Maya Angelou talks about her life One of the most influential voices in contemporary literature is appearing this weekend with the Minnesota Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/14/angelou?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 13:04:34 -0500 Billy McLaughlin in studio Billy McLaughlin, a five-time Minnesota Music Award winner, has been diagnosed with focal dystonia, a neurological movement disorder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/07/mclaughlin?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2008 18:04:37 -0600 Ramstad pushes for mental health parity Supporters of mental health parity in Congress are preparing to reconcile two different versions of legislation that would require insurers to cover mental health treatment the same way they cover physical ailments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/ramstad?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2008 15:04:29 -0600 Obama event in Minneapolis sold out The Barack Obama campaign in Minnesota says the Democratic presidential candidate's appearance at the Target Center on Saturday is sold out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/31/obamaevent?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2008 14:30:22 -0600 People in NEED Minneapolis-based NEED Magazine aims to tell the stories of humanitarian organizations and the people those organizations serve around the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/11/needmag?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2007 15:54:15 -0500 Wyoming to Breckenridge: "Hands off our logo" The western Minnesota school district has decided to phase out the logo rather than fight a trademark infringement accusation by the state of Wyoming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/11/breckenridge?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2007 15:41:31 -0500 How do school officials decide when to cancel school? John Landgaard, superintendent of the Worthington Area School District, reveals what goes into deciding to cancel school http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/01/schoolsuper?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2007 17:34:29 -0600 Whimsy on wheels Thousands of spectators will cram the streets of the LynLake neighborhood of south Minneapolis this weekend for the 12th annual Art Car Parade. The event brings together dozens of artists and their whimsical creations on wheels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/21/_artcar?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jul 2006 18:20:00 -0500 Auto show features more fuel-efficient cars The 2006 Minneapolis and St. Paul International Auto Show wraps up March 22 at the Minneapolis Convention center. With average area gas prices hovering around two-fifty per gallon, Minnesota Public Radio's Steven John checked out how fuel-efficient vehicles are being received at the show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/20/autoshow?refid=0 Mon, 20 Mar 2006 19:01:21 -0600 Center for Victims of Torture wins humanitarian award A team from the Minneapolis-based Center for Victims of Torture has received an international humanitarian award for its work with war-traumatized refugees in west Africa. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/17_johns_cvtaward/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2006 16:21:00 -0600 Author Po Bronson says families are alive and well At a time when &quot;family values&quot; is a pop culture catch-phrase, a new book explores what &quot;family&quot; is all about. Po Bronson is the author of the new book, &quot;Why Do I Love These People?&quot; featuring stories of 20 real families. Bronson spoke to MPR's Steven John. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/01/16_pobronson?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jan 2006 18:00:00 -0600 U of M math institute wins large national grant A University of Minnesota mathematics institute has earned the largest mathematics grant ever awarded by the National Science Foundation. The Institute for Mathematics and Applications will receive $19.5 million over the next five years. I.M.A. director Doug Arnold spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Steven John. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/07/21_newsroom_arnold?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2005 09:00:00 -0500 Raptor Center treating more owl patients A rodent shortage in Canada is forcing thousands of owls into Minnesota in search of food this winter. The owls are finding plenty to eat here, but they're also having more run-ins with humans, and suffering more injuries. Some of the birds are being treated at the U of M's Raptor Center. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/16_johns_owls/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2005 11:00:00 -0600 Day pushes plan for cheaper prescription drugs Republicans in the state Senate want Minnesota to join five other states in offering a way to buy prescription drugs from other countries over the Internet. Senate Minority Leader Dick Day announced a proposal to join the I-SaveRx Web site. MPR's Steven John talked with Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/03/10_extra_day?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2005 17:45:00 -0600 McLaughlin's music career at a crossroads Veteran Twin Cities acoustic guitarist Billy McLaughlin has reached a turning point in his career. Health problems are forcing him to, for the most part, lay down his instrument. The five-time Minnesota Music Award winner has been diagnosed with focal dystonia, a neurological movement disorder. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/19_tundeln_mclaughlin/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2003 14:30:00 -0600